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Also Known As: Elizabeth Tea Pantaleoni Died:
Born: February 25, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, crewhand, snorkeling instructor

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With an adept comedic style and blonde beauty that was repeatedly likened to 1930s screwball comedy queen, Carole Lombard, Téa Leoni brought an intelligence and grace to the big and small screens in a way few modern actresses have. Candid, brazen and witty on- and off-screen, Leoni's personality resonated throughout her work in both dramatic and comedic roles. Whether playing a divorced tabloid photographer on "The Naked Truth" (NBC, 1996-1998), a wry key-witness with legs to die for in "Bad Boys" (1995), an intrepid reporter who discovers a government cover-up in "Deep Impact" (1998) or a neurotic, overbearing mother in "Spanglish" (2004), it was Leoni's knack for delivering deadpan one-liners that made her one of Hollywood's most unique leading ladies. Adding luster to her seemingly perfect existence was her marriage to "X-Files" star, David Duchovny, as the two made for one of Hollywood's most lovable and happy couples. She went on to star opposite Jim Carrey in the remake of "Fun with Dick and Jane" (2005) and more than held her own opposite Ben Kingsley in the crime comedy "You Kill Me" (2007). But when all was going her way, Leoni was embroiled in a highly public split with Duchovny following...

With an adept comedic style and blonde beauty that was repeatedly likened to 1930s screwball comedy queen, Carole Lombard, Téa Leoni brought an intelligence and grace to the big and small screens in a way few modern actresses have. Candid, brazen and witty on- and off-screen, Leoni's personality resonated throughout her work in both dramatic and comedic roles. Whether playing a divorced tabloid photographer on "The Naked Truth" (NBC, 1996-1998), a wry key-witness with legs to die for in "Bad Boys" (1995), an intrepid reporter who discovers a government cover-up in "Deep Impact" (1998) or a neurotic, overbearing mother in "Spanglish" (2004), it was Leoni's knack for delivering deadpan one-liners that made her one of Hollywood's most unique leading ladies. Adding luster to her seemingly perfect existence was her marriage to "X-Files" star, David Duchovny, as the two made for one of Hollywood's most lovable and happy couples. She went on to star opposite Jim Carrey in the remake of "Fun with Dick and Jane" (2005) and more than held her own opposite Ben Kingsley in the crime comedy "You Kill Me" (2007). But when all was going her way, Leoni was embroiled in a highly public split with Duchovny following his treatment for sex addiction in 2008. They would reconcile shortly after, only to split again in 2011, around the time she was seen opposite Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in "Tower Heist" (2011). Despite her personal setbacks, Leoni remained a potent comedic force in films and on television.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Tower Heist (2011)
2.
3.
 Ghost Town (2008)
4.
 You Kill Me (2007)
5.
6.
 Spanglish (2004) Cast
7.
 House of D (2004) Mrs. Warshaw
8.
 People I Know (2003) Jilli Hopper
9.
 Hollywood Ending (2002) Ellie
10.
 Jurassic Park III (2001) Amanda Kirby
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Born and raised in NYC
1988:
Cast in a "Charlie's Angels" remake titled "Angels '88" (pilot never aired)
1989:
Cast in a recurring role on the NBC daytime soap "Santa Barbara"
1991:
Made feature film debut in "Switch"
1992:
Landed the starring role in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Flying Blind"
1995:
First leading role, opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in "Bad Boys"
1996:
Co-starred with Ben Stiller in David O. Russell's "Flirting With Disaster"
1995:
Played Nora Wilde, a tabloid news journalist in "The Naked Truth" (ABC, 1995-96; NBC, 1996-98)
1998:
Played a TV newsreporter who uncovers the truth about an impending disaster in "Deep Impact"
1998:
Executive produced and acted in the independent film "There's No Fish Food in Heaven"
2000:
Cast opposite Nicolas Cage in the fantasy "The Family Man"
2001:
Appeared with Sam Neill and William H. Macy in the blockbuster "Jurassic Park III"
2002:
Featured in Woody Allen¿s "Hollywood Ending"
2003:
Co-starred in the ensemble drama "People I Know"
2004:
Cast as Adam Sandler's stressed-out, neurotic wife in James L. Brooks' "Spanglish"
2005:
Featured in "House of D," a film written and directed by her husband David Duchovny
2005:
Co-starred with Jim Carrey in "Fun with Dick and Jane," an update of the 1977 comedy where a married couple turn to robbery to pay the bills
2007:
Featured opposite Ben Kingsley in the mafia comedy thriller "You Kill Me"; also executive produced
2008:
Appeared with Ricky Gervais in "Ghost Town"
2011:
Re-teamed with Ben Stiller in the ensemble comedy "Tower Heist"
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Education

Sarah Lawrence College: Yonkers , New York -
Sarah Lawrence College: Yonkers , New York -
The Brearley School: New York , New York -
The Putney School: Putney , Vermont - 1984

Notes

Leoni's first name has an acute accent over the "e" and is pronounced (tay-uh)

"I want to make people laugh so hard that they never get cancer. That's my top goal. That, and a couple of babies would seal it."---Leoni on her comedic role of Nora in "The Naked Truth" from TV Guide, September 30, 1995.

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husband:
Neil Tardio Jr. Commercial director. Married in 1991; separated c. 1993; divorced in October 1995.
companion:
Chris Thompson. Producer. Executive producer of "The Naked Truth"; born c. 1952; together from August 1995 until early 1996; he was still married at time of their relationship.
husband:
David Duchovny. Actor. Met in 1992 at an audition for "The Tonight Show"; began dating c. 1997; married on May 6, 1997 in NYC.

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grandmother:
Helenka Adamowska Pantaleoni. Former Broadway actress.
father:
Anthony Pantaleoni. Lawyer. Born c. 1939; practiced corporate law.
mother:
Emily Pantaleoni. Nutritionist. Born c. 1942.
brother:
Tom Pantaleoni. Antique store owner. Born c. 1963.
daughter:
Madelaine West Duchovny. Born on April 24, 1999.
son:
Kyd Miller Duchovny. Born June 15, 2002.
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